An Excellent Foundation: Kindergarten Teacher Hope Soo

At 3 a.m., most people are fast asleep – or at least tossing and turning. But not kindergarten teacher Hope Soo. You can usually find her wide-awake and faithfully running on her treadmill.

“I love that time of day. It is incredibly peaceful and I can think really clearly,” she said.   

Soo, who has been at Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy since 1985, recently completed the Honolulu Marathon – her fifth marathon since she ran her first at age 21.

Exercises Honor HPA Graduates

Fri May 22, 2015

The Hawaii Preparatory Academy awarded diplomas to 113 members of the Class of 2015 at commencement exercises May 22 at Castle Gymnasium.
Richard Braithwaite, senior class leader and Upper School English teacher, gave the commencement address.  Eliana Kaplan, student council president, received the Headmaster’s Award and Davy Ragland was named the Senior Scholar.

Ready for High School!

Thu May 21, 2015

Fifty-two eighth graders participated in the transition ceremony held Wednesday evening, May 20, at Gates Performing Arts Center.

Patty Walker, K-8 assistant principal, offered the invocation.  Emalia Higgins was the class speaker.

Register Now for the 2015 HPA Headmaster's Cup at Kohanaiki

Tue May 19, 2015

Aloha, HPA family and friends. Join us for the 19th Annual Headmaster's Cup, which will take place on Friday, June 5 at the Rees Jones Kohanaiki course in Kona. This fun filled day benefits financial aid and athletics at HPA, and your partnership will ensure the continued impact of the gathering.

Eighth Graders Participate in Visitor Industry Charity Walk

Mon May 18, 2015

Forty-six HPA eighth graders participated in this yearʻs Visitor Industry Charity Walk, along with teachers Laura Jim, Chris Nilsen, Cathy Grant, Julie Camarillo, Rita Wen, and Lisa Van Kirk. The event was held on Saturday, May 9, at the Mauna Lani Resort.
Congratulations to Emalia Higgins, who was the overall female champion! Sihkea Jim took first and Chris Chock took second in the Male 10-19 age division, while Joey Cootey took first and Zoe Ganley took second in the Female 10-19 age division.

HPA Student Achievers Honored

Thu May 14, 2015

Hawai’i Preparatory Academy honored the following Upper School students on May 11 for special achievement in academic studies, the arts, athletics, and community service:

Lower School Student Council Supports Hawaiʻi Island Humane Society

Tue May 12, 2015

Lower School Student Council members and advisor Mariah Dodd, visited the Hawaiʻi Island Humane Society in Waimea on Monday, May 11.  Students raised funds through ice cream sales and presented a check for $200 to the organization, along with towels and many toys and treats for their furry friends.

Hawai'i Preparatory Academy Accepting Registration For Summer Programs

Thu May 07, 2015

 Looking for an exciting way to spend the summer? Experience summer at HPA! Summer programs are open to all—from toddlers to students entering grade 12.

For registration and information about these and other summer programs, contact the Auxiliary Programs Office at 808-881-4088 or, or visit the school website at

K-8 Student & Parent Handbook 2015-2016

Message From The Principal

Dear Village Campus Students and Parents:

As we begin the new year, I personally want to extend a very warm welcome on behalf of the Village Campus faculty and staff to our new families and to offer our sincere gratitude to those returning. Your faith in, and commitment to, our ability to educate your children is greatly appreciated and we look forward to working as a team to grow successful, happy children together.

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